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Local Placed in ‘Top Wrench’ Competition


HARTFORD —  A local man was among eight technicians selected to be a part of Fedex Corp’s industry-wide SuperTech competition: Top Wrench.

Matthew Nolan of Windsor Locks works in the Hartford service center. He and other technicians across the country earned their spots through the company-wide skills contest.

Nolan and other top finishers will be representing the company at a national competition at TMC SuperTech 2013 in September.

The finalists had the best results from among more than 700 FedEx Freight fleet maintenance technicians who participated in Top Wrench.  The technicians faced multiple rounds of competition, including written exams and hands-on skill challenges that tested the technicians’ knowledge of drive trains, engine electronics, brakes, preventative maintenance and more.

“Our Top Wrench competition showcases the skills our dedicated technicians use every day to ensure that we have one of the best-maintained and safest fleets in the industry,” said John Smith, vice president of Safety, Fleet Maintenance and Facility Services.  “I’m proud to have our top technicians represent FedEx Freight at the national level.”

            FedEx Freight Top Wrench winners include:

  • First place: Mark McLean, Jr. – Newburgh, N.Y.
  • Second place: Eric Vos – Boise, Idaho
  • Third place: Derek Southerland – Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Fourth place: Jeff Ostby – Spokane, Wash.
  • Fifth place: Mitchell Buelow – Fremont, Ind.
  • Sixth place: Chuck Kerr – San Antonio, Texas
  • Seventh place: Matthew Nolan – Hartford, Conn.
  • Eighth place: Jonathan Berg – Minneapolis, Minn.

The Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) hosts SuperTech, which is considered the premier skills competition for professional commercial vehicle technicians.

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Take Two: Judge Orders New Recount of Fifth District Election


HARTFORD — A winner by one vote?

That was the question asked by many on Aug. 21 after Leo Canty was delcared the winner by a single vote in the 5th district state assembly race. This was a surprised outcome for some after the election on Aug. 14 rendered  Canty and his challenger Brian McGee tied with 774 votes each. After the Aug. 21 recount, Canty of Windsor was declared a winner with 774 to McGee’s 773.  McGee, of Hartford, challenged the recount in Hartford Superior Court, claiming one of his ballots went missing in Windsor.

On Friday, Superior Court Judge A. Susan Peck agreed and ordered a second recount in the 5th district state assembly race between the 56-year-old, political veteran and the 28-year-old political newcomer. A recount will be held in Windsor on Monday and in Hartford on Tuesday.

In  a statement to The Hartford Guardian, McGee said:

“I am grateful that Judge Peck confirmed our attorney’s presentation, which included credible evidence to demonstrate a failure by election officials to properly count ballots, to follow and/or adhere to the statutes and regulations set forth by the Secretary of State, and ordered a recanvass”

In addition, he said,  Judge Peck has the authority to order another election if she still believes evidence exists that a different outcome is possible after the recanvass.

Immediately after the Aug. 21 recount, McGee and his political campaign manager Liam Sweeney claimed  two missing ballots – one in Hartford and one in Windsor . They said these missing ballots were  ”the result of major discrepancies and lack of adherence to elections statutes and regulations following the primary election on August 14th. I am confident that this second recanvass will provide clarity and look forward to its outcome.”

Hartofrd Deputy Registrar of Voters Garey Coleman called The Guardian to say that claim was “rubbish.”

In Court, however, the evidence was to the contrary, prompting Peck to appoint Kevin Reynolds, an attorney and member of the Democratic State Central Committee as special master of the recount.

Peck issued an order for another  recount in Windsor’s three voting districts and a recount of absentee ballots in Hartford’s two districts. In addition, all envelopes with absentee ballots must be examined and new evidence must be brought forward.

On Wednesday, Peck is expected to schedule another hearing after the second round of recounts.

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Dollar Street To Invest in Greater Hartford


WINDSOR – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Friday announced that Dollar Tree, Inc., which recently acquired a site in Windsor, will build a one-million-square-foot, $104 million distribution center and hire a minimum of 200 people within the next five years.  The state is supporting the project with a loan, training grant and tax credits.

State officials said that this new distribution center — with its 200 new jobs and nearly $100 million in private capital investment — could have been located in New York or Massachusetts but  Dollar Tree” decided to “invest and grow here is a positive sign that we are once again making Connecticut a competitive place to do business.”

Construction on the project in Windsor will start immediately, official said.  This phase of the project is expected to create more than 425 construction jobs over the next 12 months.  Upon completion, the new facility — the company’s tenth distribution center — will service the company’s stores across Connecticut, New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  In addition, the facility is expected to generate significant incremental tax revenues to the community.

Leveraging company funds of $96.3 million, the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) will provide a $7 million loan at 1 percent for 10 years, with potential loan forgiveness based on the number of jobs created and a training grant of up to $500,000, officials said.  In addition, the company is eligible for up to $20 million in Urban & Industrial Sites Reinvestment Tax Credits.

 

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Windsor Masonic Lodge Offers Free Ice Cream Social


WINDSOR — Washington Lodge #70 A.F. & A.M. is holding its annual  free  ice cream social and open house on June 15.

The event will be from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the historic Lodge located at 153 Broad St. in Windsor.  All members of the community are invited and are asked to bring a friend, family to stop in to find out more about the Masons.

Attendees can enjoy making your own free ice cream sundae while learning about the amazing 184 year history of Freemasonry in Windsor, tour the Lodge, and speak with Masons who will explain the history of the building and certain aspects of our ancient Fraternity.  You will also learn about the Lodge’s involvement in community events and numerous charitable activities.

If you have ever been curious about the Masonic Fraternity and wanted to take a peek into our hallowed hall, now is your chance to come in and find out for yourself what the Windsor Masons are about.

For  more information about our open house and Freemasonry athttp://www.washingtonlodge70.org/

 

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Police Arrest Windsor Man For Magnolia Street Shooting


WINDSOR — Police yesterday arrested a Windsor man for his alleged involvement in the May shooting on Magnolia Street.

Gregory Clark

The suspect, Gregory Clark, 22,  of 40 Pepperbush Way, Windsor, was charged with first degree robbery, first degree assault, criminal possession of a firearm, criminal use of a firearm, and attempted murder.

Clark also had other outstanding warrants, police said.

According to police, on May 26 at 10: 46 p.m., Hartford police responded to the area of Mather and Magnolia streets on a report that shots were fired.

When they arrived,  officers found the shooting victim on the front door steps of 234 Mather Street suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his left leg.  The victim was transported to St Francis Hospital for treatment and has since recovered, police said.


Police later identified Clark, a previously convicted felon, as the shooter.

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Brain Injury Association’ Annual Survivor Art Exhibit


SOUTH WINDSOR – Throughout the month of September, visit the Brain Injury Association of Connecticut’s (BIAC) first annual art show presented at the South Windsor Public Library.

Located at 1500 Sullivan Ave. in South Windsor, the show strives to bring brain injury survivors’ artwork into the spotlight, while educating the public on brain injury prevention and recovery. This opportunity grants brain injury survivors the opportunity to publicly display their talents.

A small reception will be held on Thursday, September 16th from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in the Big Friends Gallery located on the second floor of the library. The entire building is handicap accessible.

To register or for more information please visit www.biact.org; or contact Dorota Glosowitz at 860-219-0291

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Rell Signs Bill To Extend Foreclosure Mediation Program


WINDSOR LOCKS  – Laura Wilson  is the face of  the state’s foreclosure mediation program touted as a success and now extended for the next two years.

Flanked with Wilson in front of her house, Gov. M. Jodi Rell  today celebrated legislation that extends the the judicial foreclosure mediation program –which allows mandatory mediation. 

The new law, which ended July 1 of this year, was extended to  July 1, 2012.

 “Home is a wonderful word, isn’t it?” Governor Rell said during a bill-signing ceremony at the Windsor Locks home of Laura Wilson, (house pictured) who benefited from the mortgage mediation program. “Generations of Americans can recite the magic words that got Dorothy out of Oz and back to Kansas: ‘There’s no place like home.’ I do not have any ruby slippers with me today – but I do have a pen. And the State of Connecticut has a program that works: foreclosure mediation.

Rell also said the program has been nationally recognized by the American Bar Association and the Center for American Progress. More than 7,100 cases have completed the mediation process through June 2010. Seventy-six percent of those cases have reached agreement and 62 percent – more than 4,400 cases – have allowed the homeowner to remain in their homes, Rell said.

   “Of course those are the statistics,”  Rell said. “Laura Wilson and her family are the faces behind those statistics. And this is their home.”

The legislation – House Bill 5270, An Act Concerning Foreclosure Mediation – also makes changes to the minimum amount that mortgagees or other successors in interest may offer to tenants to vacate a foreclosed residential property, establishing that the amount must be at least $2,000. The act specifies that for purposes of the homestead exemption for judgment debtors, “homestead” includes co-op properties.

 

           

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Police Arrest Man for Oct. Shooting At Uptown Vibz


HARTFORD/WINDSOR –  Police arrested a local man who allegedly shot a Windsor man in the parking lot of Uptown Vibz night club in October.

The man, Quan Morgan, 21, of 486 Edgewood Street, was arrested last Friday and charged with felony murder, murder, conspiracy to commit murder, first degree robbery, first degree conspiracy to commit robbery and criminal possession of a fire arm. He is on $3 million bond.

Police said during a robbery on Oct. 3, 2009, Morgan allegedly shot 41-year-old Windsor resident, Edward Haslam.

When police arrived at the Vibz parking lot at 3155 Main Street, they found Haslam slumped and unresponsive in his car. Haslam was taken to area hospital and died later.

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Bail Set at $1 Million for Man Accused of Brutal Stabbing


ENFIELD — A Windsor man accused of stabbing his long-time girlfriend was arrainged yesterday in Enfield Superior Court. His  bail was set at $1 million.

Marqz Robotham is accused of brutally stabbing Allison Owen to death infront of the Windsor Federal Savings bank and several witnesses.  Both recently graduated from Windsor High School.

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